SUMMIT COUNTY — Officials from the Summit Metro Parks are asking for the public's assistance in helping to prevent break-ins like a series of seven that were reported July 20.

Seven cars parked in six locations had windows smashed and purses taken, according to rangers.

At least one incident happened early in the morning, before 8 a.m. More detailed information on the other break-ins was not immediately available.

“Don’t make it easy on opportunists,” said park spokesperson Nathan Eppink. “Use the same precautions in our parking lots that you would in any other public parking area.”

According to Eppink, the break-ins happened in Hudson at the Bike & Hike Trail/Route 303 lot; in Akron at the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail/Memorial Parkway lot; in Akron at the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail/Big Bend lot; two in Fairlawn at the Sand Run Metro Park/Revere Road lot; in Springfield Township at the Springfield Bog Metro Park and one in Munroe Falls at the Munroe Falls Metro Park Lake Area.

Park rangers suggest keeping loose change and valuables such as purses, wallets and sunglasses out of sight, or at home. Using a blanket or jacket to cover valuables may not be enough to discourage theft. Never leave your keys with the vehicle, such as in the wheel well or behind a tire, Eppink said.

Rangers ask the public to report suspicious activity, such as people loitering near parking lots or looking in vehicle windows. Reports may be made by calling 911 in emergencies, or to the park district’s administrative offices at 330-867-5511 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or to park rangers at 330-475-0029 after hours, weekends and holidays.